The environmental company Ragn-Sells opened the world's first facility for recycling commercial salts from fly ash from waste incineration. The plant in Upplands-Bro extracts salts with a 90 % lower climate footprint compared to traditional methods of salt production. Sweden’s Minister for Climate and the Environment Romina Pourmokhtari inaugurated the facility.
The new plant is the world's first to recycle commercial salts from fly ash on a large scale
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Sweden’s Minister for Climate and the Environment Romina Pourmokhtari inaugurated the world's first plant for recycling pure salts from fly ash on April 21
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With the Ash2Salt technology – which was developed by Ragn-Sells and its innovation company EasyMining – as much as 200 kg of salt per tonne of ash can be extracted and used in, among other things, fertiliser and road salt. The salts’ climate footprint is one-tenth compared to traditionally produced salt. At the same time, heavy metals are removed from circulation.
Climate and Environment Minister Romina Pourmokhtari and Erik Sellberg, chairman of the board and owner representative of Ragn-Sells, symbolically connected contacts during the inauguration ceremony
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In Sweden alone, 300 000 t of fly ash is produced annually when seven million tonnes of waste is recycled into energy for district heating and electricity. Ragn-Sells’ new Ash2Salt facility will be staffed around the clock with a capacity to process up to 150 000 t of fly ash per year.
Ragn-Sells has seen strong interest in the new plant with several ash producers having signed agreements for washing fly ash prior to the inauguration.
Climate and Environment Minister Romina Pourmokhtari and Mikael Hedström, CEO of Ragn-Sells Treatment & Detox, during a tour of the factory
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Facts: The Ash2Salt technology
Fly ash is a product of air pollution control at incineration plants. It is a hazardous waste due to the high contents of heavy metals and chlorides. The Ash2Salt process washes the fly ash, and three commercial grade salts are extracted from the liquid: potassium chloride, sodium chloride, and calcium chloride.
After washing, the remaining ash can be placed on a landfill for non-hazardous waste. Read more here.
The salts sodium chloride (common salt), potassium chloride and calcium chloride are used to produce plastics, glass, paper, soap, paints, fertilisers and medicines. Salts can also be added to improve food, animal feed, fabrics and construction materials or to combat slippage and bind dust.